last week’s films…

High Hopes (1988), Mike Leigh

Two Mike Leigh films this week, High Hopes and All or Nothing.  Both with Ruth Sheen, who reminds me of a British Shelley Duvall. She stars with Timothy Spall in All or Nothing (2002), and are both in Mr. Turner (2014). All of the Mike Leigh movies I’ve seen are gems.

Train to Busan (2016), Yeon Sang-ho

Antonia’s Line (1996), Marleen Gorris

Isn’t it terrible that nothing exists?

That’s why there’s so much.

A.K. (1985), Chris Maker

Seventy four minute documentary with Akira Kurosawa on the slopes of Mt. Fuji making Ran (1985).

Christmas in the Clouds (2001), Kate Montgomery

He used to take pictures with the tourists. Let the little kids ride him. We called him…, Kevin.

Another Woman (1988), Woody Allen

All or Nothing (2002), Mike Leigh

Yeah it was nice. I had that and mash and like green cauliflower stuff.

Oh yeah broccoli.

The Last Waltz (1978), Martin Scorsese

The Handmaiden (2016), Park Chan-wook

TEKKONKINKREET (2007), Michael Arias

And I thought Satoshi Kon was the end all be all. Well, he is, but now there’s Michael Arias. I don’t think he’s an animator like SK, but you can’t have everything.

When the sky turns black why do I feel blue?

An Angel at My Table (1990), Jane Campion

Certain Women (2016), Kelly Reichardt ★ movie of the week

New #1 for the year.

I see her movies at the theater as soon as I hear about it. Two scenes: one with water flowing by, and another is a close up of two people in a car with the reflection of the clouds and trees passing by, and the conversation gets to the point of being heated and at the same time a mountain starts covering her profile from the neck to the chin to the nose and they’re about to argue and it peaks right around her eyebrows and then it moves down just as things cool off. Very cool camera work.

Three great trailers played before the feature; Julieta (2016), directed by Pedro Almodovar, Personal Shopper (2016), Olivier Assayas, and I, Daniel Blake (2016), Ken Loach. Three movies that I’ll see at the theater.

Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life (1996), Mary Engel


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